Sunday, December 18, 2011

Intriguing New Lead In EOW Case

For those familiar with the 'San Bernardino Working' deaths as explored in our book Empire of the Wheel, you will recall one of the seven victims, O.H.Bailey, the man found dead near the giant Arrowhead in the foothills north of town. Bailey was the alleged suicide whose remains were physically unidentifiable due to the body's condition after a lengthy time in the elements. He was identified only by information in his wallet and on his clothes. As we suggest in the book, there is truly no way to be certain the body actually was the man known as O.H.Bailey, itinerant resident of a local boarding house.

So who was O.H.Bailey? We may now have a suspect.

You recall that our Bailey was identified as being 50 years old, claimed to be from Maine, and was known around San Bernardino for only a few years. We point out that there was a well known O.H.Bailey at that time, one Oakley Hoopes Bailey, a mapmaker who created and popularized bird's eye view maps. Mapmaker Oakley H Bailey lived to be 104 years old, dying in 1947. That would have made him 72 years old in 1915, clearly not our Bailey. However, as considered in the book, Oakley Bailey could have been the father of our Bailey, though we found no evidence due to limited records. In the book, we suggest the possibility that our Bailey may have lifted the name from a map. As explored in our investigation, there is reason to suspect our Bailey was a man not wanting to reveal his true identity and that the body found may not have been his, giving whoever he was the opportunity to slip away for whatever reason.

So who was O.H.Bailey of the San Bernardino Working deaths of 1915?

A possible suspect has emerged in further research: F. Lewis Clark

F Lewis Clark was an American industrialist who founded the C&O Mill & Elevator, the largest flouring mill in the Pacific Northwest, in 1884. Clark was also a yachtsman who was a member of the New York Yacht Club of America's Cup fame, among others. Clark also owned the Spokane, Washington, land upon which the famous Davenport Hotel was built in 1914. Zane Grey and Dashiell Hammett each set stories in this hotel. Guests have included Amelia Earhart, Bob Hope, Charles Lindbergh, Clark Gable, Mary Pickford, John Philip Sousa, Lawrence Welk, Bing Crosby and Benny Goodman among others -- including nearly every US president of the 20th Century. Clark built the most expensive home in the state of Idaho in its day and also had built an elaborate mansion in Spokane, Washington, known for its wood features and art work. Clark was a wealthy man who enjoyed the finer things in life.

So why is it possible that he was the O.H.Bailey of the San Bernardino Working mystery?

F. Lewis Clark disappeared in 1914. He was 52 years old.

At the time, Clark was reportedly on a business trip to Santa Barbara when he disappeared and his hat was found in the waters off a pier. Based on this, investigators and authorities concluded that Clark had committed suicide. No body was ever found. Clark left behind a wife who struggled after his disappearance and was eventually forced to sell their estate to get by. Clark was never heard from again. One source retrospectively theorizes that Clark was suffering from cancer, because he was reportedly ill and in pain a lot. That same source reports that Clark and his wife lived in Santa Barbara during the winter. The New York Times reported Clark kissing his wife good-bye at a train station then dismissing his chauffeur and walking off into the night, never to be heard from again. The same story even reports an alleged ransom note demanding $75,000 and adding that Clark was safe. Police even dynamited the area where the hat was found and no body appeared (though this might be a dubious method for body retrieval, in our opinion). Reportedly, heavy surf and a bad undertow were cited as the reason his remains might have been forever lost to the sea.

But what if Clark did not die in the water? What if he were not kidnapped?

There are other circumstances to suggest that F Lewis Clark was our O.H.Bailey. First, we must recognize that Santa Barbara is linked to our San Bernardino Working mystery via Chumash mysticism, as presented in our book. Next, look at the timeline: Clark disappears from Santa Barbara in 1914 and Bailey is allegedly found dead (unrecognizable) in 1915. Clark spent much time on the US west coast, as businessman and resident of Washington State, and certainly could have visited San Bernardino many times before his alleged death. In these circumstances, we have a lead that bears further scrutiny. But what else is there to suggest Clark and Bailey were the same man?

Here is where it gets really interesting: F Lewis Clark was born in Maine and our O.H.Bailey claimed to be from Maine. Not enough? How about the fact that Clark was a founder of The Inland Empire Railway in Washington State -- and San Bernardino Valley, along with nearby Riverside, are the heart of California's Inland Empire. This is yet more curious when you learn that the term 'Inland Empire' for the San Bernardino-Riverside area was first used in the Press-Enterprise Newspaper of Riverside in the year Clark disappeared, 1914.

Here we have a man within two years of age of our victim O.H.Bailey at the time of his own disappearance. This man clearly has the material means to effect a comfortable and well-covered change of identity. Being a businessman who deals in real estate, properties, railways and the like, this man would also use maps a lot in his dealings, therefore would likely have known the name of Oakley H Bailey the mapmaker (if he wasn't actually personally acquainted with the mapmaker). Thus might he have chosen to use the name 'O.H.Bailey' while in San Bernardino. Admitting a past in Maine would have been part of keeping his story close enough to the truth to not make mistakes in whatever new identity he had forged. This is a common practice of many operatives in the intelligence community who work under a more shallow cover. That this man had spent time in Santa Barbara, with its associations to our mystery that we point out in our book, raises the possibility as to what he knew about San Bernardino in that regard, and why he may have went there. Finally, the moniker 'Inland Empire' not being used for the California region of our mystery until the very year this man Clark disappeared, though the least of our evidence, isn't as thin as one might conclude. Someone had to get the idea somewhere. The point is, all this points to F. Lewis Clark as a reasonable candidate to have been 'O.H.Bailey' of our San Bernardino Working mystery.

We must also point out that in the book we consider the man whom star victim Cora Stanton may have been in town to meet was 'O.H.Bailey'. If our 'Bailey' were actually F. Lewis Clark, might the wealthy industrialist have decided to fake his own death and run off to meet a lover? What if he actually had been the body found and identified as Bailey, murdered by the same hand that would do in Cora? There are different ways you could look at it, including the possibility that Clark's killer -- if he were murdered -- may have been our Bailey and used the opportunity of his 'suicide' to dispose of the millionaire industrialist's body and then disappear himself. It also must be considered that Clark, or an associate, may even have faked the ransom note that surfaced after his disappearance from Santa Barbara. With all this, we now have to wonder what role Clark could have had in the San Bernardino Working mystery if he indeed was our 'Bailey', when you consider the esoteric circumstances of 'Bailey's demise. Keep in mind also that, like San Bernardino, Santa Barbara was a major enclave of Spiritualists (our book's main suspects), thus Clark may have been a Spiritualist or involved with them in some manner.

We find all these circumstances too intriguing to ignore and will continue investigating this thread of possibility.

The plot thickens...

Saturday, November 19, 2011

In Rememberance of Cora Stanton

Ninety-six years ago today was when main EOW victim Cora Stanton was found dead in Urbita Springs Lake...

Thursday, October 13, 2011

A Damning Spot

Copyright 2011 Walter Bosley and Richard B Spence

    Those who have read our recent book, Empire of the Wheel: Espionage, The Occult and Murder in Southern California (Corvos 2011), will be familiar with the ancient goddess Hecate and her arguable role in seven questionable deaths in and around 1915 San Bernardino. This presents new findings relevant to Hecate’s association with the 1915 case and, more to the point, her connection to the notorious Zodiac Killer who terrorized California in the mid-1960s and early 1970s. 
     Chapter 23 of Empire of the Wheel explores a possible association between The Zodiac Killer and the seven 1915 deaths which we have dubbed the San Bernardino Working. The book also lays out the curious connection of telluric currents, commonly (if inaccurately) considered ‘ley lines’, to both sets of crimes. Basically, according to our consultant on geomorphology, Sesh Heri, all the victims in the San Bernardino Working were killed on or in close proximity to identified telluric “lines.” So too were all the known Zodiac Killer victims. This suggests an occult, heretofore unrecognized, link between the San Bernardino deaths and the Zodiac slayings, despite them being a half century apart. As unlikely as this may seem at first glance, it is important to recall that the Zodiac’s claimed second attack, the murder of Cheri Jo Bates, occurred the night before Halloween 1966 in Riverside, California, right next door to San Bernardino. 
     However, further research has turned up more evidence suggestive of a San Bernardino Working-Zodiac connection, all of it connected to the goddess Hecate. And the clues come from the Zodiac himself. 
     We point out that what we reveal here is drawn from facts of the case, as much of the controversy among Zodiac Killer enthusiasts often rises from whether researchers are presenting speculations on what they think The Zodiac Killer might have meant in his writing or whether they are analyzing what The Zodiac Killer actually said. What we present here is analysis of The Zodiac Killer’s own words. 
     As discussed in EOW, the central symbol of Hecate is the wheel or, to put it another way, a circle divided by lines or “spokes.” That, of course, basically corresponds to the wheel of the astrological zodiac, source of the very name chosen by the mysterious killer. Continuing with this theme, the Zodiac’s personal logo was a circle supplanted by what looked to be crosshairs. But the Zodiac’s symbol is also the ancient sign of the Quartered Circle which is represented in such things as the Celtic Cross. As pointed out in EOW, Zodiac’s crosshairs-over-a-circle logo is tilted at roughly 17 degrees, orienting it to Magnetic North. Oddly enough that same orientation can be found in the great Arrowhead which looms over San Bernardino from a nearby mountainside. But that, of course, is simple enough still to dismiss as pure coincidence, if you choose. 
     If so, here’s another curious one. The Zodiac Killer boasted a total of 37 victims, though he’s formally credited with only a fraction of that However, whether the claim was genuine or pure exaggeration, the fact remains that he picked the number 37 -- not 27, 47 or a 107. Given that the Zodiac seems to have done nothing without careful calculation, it is improbable that he picked 37 out of thin air. It must have had some arcane significance to him. But what? 
     It just so happens that in Act 3 Scene 5 of Shakespeare’s MacBeth, we have an appearance of Hecate herself. More interesting is that following a speech by Hecate, Line 37 has the First Witch stating “Come, let's make haste; she'll soon be back again.” 
     It certainly may be a big stretch to think that the Zodiac picked 37 as a subtle clue to a devotion to Hecate, but again, he certainly picked it for some reason. 
     And yet, that’s not all there is to it. 
     On 27 October 1970, the Zodiac sent a Halloween card to reporter Paul Avery of the San Francisco Chronicle (below). The creepy missive features the words ’PARADICE’ and ‘SLAVES’ forming a cross. In the four surrounding quadrants (as in a Quartered Circle?) are the following phrases: ’BY GUN, BY ROPE, BY KNIFE, BY FIRE’. Of course, there were no guns in the ancient world -- but the venerable rope, knife and fire are symbols directly associated with Hecate.
     The rope represents Hecate’s umbilical cord of rebirth and renewal, the knife her role in midwifery and ritual sacrifice, and the fire the torchlight by which she illuminated the darkness of the Underworld. How odd that they show up in the Zodiac’s little message. Or, once more, perhaps it is absolutely deliberate. He claimed to be carrying out the killings to collect slaves for the afterlife, or at least his notion of “paradise.” The intersection of the two key words is symbolic of Hecate’s role as “Queen of the Crossroads,” in effect, of intersections. But she was also  “Queen of the Underworld” or “Queen of the Dead,” mistress of the shadow realm where the Zodiac hoped to dwell for eternity with his slaves. And for good measure he put it all on a Halloween card, a celebration commemorating the dead and the Otherworld.
     And there is more.
     The Zodiac Killer is known to have used both a gun and a knife to attack his victims, and in at least one case he bound one with rope. Did the above card also hint how he may have slain others? Perhaps one of the most intriguing tie-ins between the Zodiac and the mystery explored in Empire of the Wheel, is his claim that some of his unknown victims were dispatched so as to appear to be suicides. That cuts to the very heart of the San Bernardino Working. 
     The Zodiac Killer attacks and murders remain unsolved and continue to be the focus of controversy. One problem is that no single suspect has ever fit all the available evidence. Physical descriptions of the killer, such as they are, differ widely enough to question the lone perpetrator dogma. This raises the possibility, albeit not a popular one, that there was more than one killer, or that the slayings were even the work of a group pretending to be a lone psychopath. Keeping with the theme of Hecate, the 'Three-Faced' or 'Triple-Aspect Goddess', might there have been a trio? Like the three witches in MacBeth? And then there are the three assassins of the Masonic Hiram Abiff, but that takes us in yet another direction. Or, like crossing roads, do they all merge at a single point? 
     In the book The Dark Worship by Toyne Newton, there is presented a case investigated by Andrew Collins which dealt with a Hecate cult active in modern day England. It was allegedly led by a trio: two women and a man. According to Collins’ investigation, a group calling itself ‘Friends of Hekate’ was organized in a structure of concentric circles, the outer devotees/operatives knowing none of the identities of those in the inner circles. Notably, this group took a special interest in “conjunction of planets or their corresponding zodiacal signs.” Everything they did was “linked to astrology.” In that light consider the Zodiac’s suggested, some say rather obvious, fascination with astrology, represented by yet another segmented circle. 
     Last, but by no means least, The Zodiac Killer mailed three letters on July 31st, 1969 to the San Francisco Chronicle, the San Francisco Examiner, and the Vallejo Times. He insisted they be run on August 1st. Scholars of occult will recognize this day as Lammas or Lughnasadh, a traditional sabbat in witchcraft and a pagan festival associated with sacrifice and Hecate. Again, are we to assume that the Zodiac simply drew the date out of a hat? And how about Hecate's triple aspect in the content: The three letters confessed to the murders of three victims (Faraday, Jensen and Ferrin) and, admittedly, the wounding of a fourth. The preponderance of threes here is significant.
     It is all this which we argue provides the strongest evidence yet that The Zodiac Killer was possibly motivated by occult philosophy, specifically influenced by themes associated with the goddess Hecate, thus linking his acts to themes suggested by available evidence in what we named The San Bernardino Working of 1915. We must ask: was The Zodiac Killer aware of the 1915 events and was he emulating something about them?
     Then again, maybe it’s all just coincidence...

                                                                                                               WBB & RBS, Oct 2011


Empire of the Wheel: Espionage, the Occult and Murder in Southern California, Walter Bosley & Richard B Spence, Corvos Books, 2011 

Shakespeare, William. Macbeth. Ed. Thomas Marc Parrott. New York: American Book Co., 1904. Shakespeare Online. 10 Aug. 2010. (accessed by Bosley on 3 October 2011) < >. 

The Dark Worship: The Occult’s Quest For World Domination, Toyne Newton, Vega, 2002 

Wikipedia (various)